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Old 09-04-14, 07:49 AM
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Schwinn Sports Tourer

I picked up a nice original Sports Tourer in Opaque Blue.

Anyone have a good match for touch up?
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Old 09-04-14, 08:23 AM
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Opaque Blue can vary in shade and is susceptible to fading over the years. By mixing Testors #1110 Bright Blue and Testors #1108 Light Blue as necessary you can create a good match for touch-ups.
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Opaque Blue can vary in shade and is susceptible to fading over the years. By mixing Testors #1110 Bright Blue and Testors #1108 Light Blue as necessary you can create a good match for touch-ups.
Thanks, I'll give that a shot.
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Its a fillet-brazed Schwinn, below the Super Sports and Superior.

Congratulations!

Its an upgrade over the electroforged Varsinentals.
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Its well above the Super Sport. And on some years, it was #2 in the product line as the Superior was not offered every year.

Super Sport from that era came with a heavy steel Ashtabula crankset, super heavy steel claw mounted Huret RD, etc. Sports Tourer had three piece alloy crank, nice alloy RD directly mounted to the frame, etc. Some years the Sports Tourer RD was a rebranded Shimano Crane (early Dura Ace). Really had a lot more in common with the Superior than the Super Sport.

For reference, in 1972, list price for the Sports Tourer was $196, while the Super Sport list price was $136.95. That's almost 50% more. (Paramount track bike was $224, road Paramount was $350, wouldn't you love to find a Paramount track bike for $224? WOW).

I've got a 1974 Sports Tourer in blue myself.

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Originally Posted by Flog00 View Post
I picked up a nice original Sports Tourer in Opaque Blue.
Pics or it didn't happen.

It's my uderstanding that the Sports Tourer basically replaced the Superior in the lineup after a couple of years with nothing in that slot. They both had a similar frames & hardware. The Sports Tourer was then replaced by... you guessed it, the Superior.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
a nice alloy RD directly mounted to the frame
You forgot about this beauty!

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Old 09-04-14, 05:12 PM
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Very nice! That one is just about as all-original and unmolested as they come, right down to the toe clips/straps and even the plastic cable tips.
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I'd like to find a set of the Schwinn Approved bar end shifters for it.

I'm not sure what I think of the rack either, was there a better looking correct rack available?
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I'd like to find a set of the Schwinn Approved bar end shifters for it.

I'm not sure what I think of the rack either, was there a better looking correct rack available?
That's the correct-for-the-era "Schwinn-approved" rack. People toured all over the U.S. with those. What would you consider a "better looking" rack?
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Yep, that was the matching rack Schwinn offered in '72 (p/n 01 540): https://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1972...LL/1972_45.jpg

However starting in '73 Schwinn offered a much improved model that attached via the seatpost clamp, and which was also available in two different sizes (p/n 01 600 and 01 605) to better fit the different sized frames: https://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1973...LL/1973_45.jpg

The latter model (in the appropriate size) is the version I like to install on '70s Schwinns.
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Yep, that was the matching rack Schwinn offered in '72 (p/n 01 540): https://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1972...LL/1972_45.jpg

However starting in '73 Schwinn offered a much improved model that attached via the seatpost clamp, and which was also available in two different sizes (p/n 01 600 and 01 605) to better fit the different sized frames: https://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1973...LL/1973_45.jpg

The latter model (in the appropriate size) is the version I like to install on '70s Schwinns.
Yeah, the seat-stay-clamp type tends to slide down and scratch the point. There was a little "T" shaped brace to prevent this- it bolted in the clamp holes of the rack and the brake bolt.
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Nice bike Flog!

Schwinn folks,
Is this a Sports Tourer? I think it is. This bike has been advertised the past couple months in a small town about an a hour from me. The seller advertises it with this lousy photo as a '72 Super Sport, for $175.00. I've been very tempted by it but I've been buying a lot of bikes lately, and its a pretty good drive. If I can manage to sell a bike this week I might make the trip to add this to my growing Schwinn collection.


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The bike in that picture actually looks like a LeTour. You'll need to find or post better pics for any better ID than that.

EDIT: I found a better pic, it *is* a LeTour. It appears the seller stole the pic from here: https://oldtenspeedgallery.com/owner-...schwinn-letour

Caveat emptor...

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Originally Posted by turky lurkey View Post
Nice bike Flog!

Schwinn folks,
Is this a Sports Tourer? I think it is. This bike has been advertised the past couple months in a small town about an a hour from me. The seller advertises it with this lousy photo as a '72 Super Sport, for $175.00. I've been very tempted by it but I've been buying a lot of bikes lately, and its a pretty good drive. If I can manage to sell a bike this week I might make the trip to add this to my growing Schwinn collection.

Looks like a LeTour to me...
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The bike in that picture actually looks like a LeTour. You'll need to find or post better pics for any better ID than that.
Thanks Metacortex,
That is the best pic available, but now that you mentioned it, it is probably a Le Tour. I guess I was hoping/assuming the seller was understating the model by calling it a Super Sport. I'm glad I didn't make a long drive to look at it.

edit: Wow! You did find a better pic. Who knows what the seller is actually selling, if anything. Thanks, I might have driven to look at it one of these days. Obviously I won't bother now.

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That rack will work just fine. Just pad the metal contact points (I used left over cork bar wrap) and tighten the clamp as much as possible.



Beautiful find! Go to town with polish and wax and the paint will shine better than new!
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That's the first time I've seen the Gran Turismo as OEM equipment. I don't know any other bikes it came on.
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That's the first time I've seen the Gran Turismo as OEM equipment. I don't know any other bikes it came on.
Also came on the P15-9 Paramount in '72, maybe '71 as well. They were usually swapped out for a Shimano Crane GS/LeTour GT300 that replaced the Campy RD on these models in '73. So yes, that is a very nice original bike!
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I can confirm that the Gran Trashmo came on the '71 P15, as mine had it when I first got it(since replaced with a Rally).
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I have found that swapping in new chainrings (TA Rings fit this crank), different RD, bar end shifters help to make the bike look a lot less clunky. It can also make it more fun to ride depending on what you like. A Blackburn rack that mounts over the brake bole (in silver) would be a functional choice that is appropriate given its age. I have one if you are looking.
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Originally Posted by turky lurkey View Post
Thanks Metacortex,
That is the best pic available, but now that you mentioned it, it is probably a Le Tour. I guess I was hoping/assuming the seller was understating the model by calling it a Super Sport. I'm glad I didn't make a long drive to look at it.

edit: Wow! You did find a better pic. Who knows what the seller is actually selling, if anything. Thanks, I might have driven to look at it one of these days. Obviously I won't bother now.
It's entirely possible that the bike is a SS. The seller could be really lazy or not have a digital camera, so they just found a picture that was close enough and put it in there. Send them an email if you're really interested, you may be able to get a proper ID of the bike for sale. If it is for sale from the original owner, they would probably be elderly which would explain the lack of digital pictures.
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It's entirely possible that the bike is a SS. The seller could be really lazy or not have a digital camera, so they just found a picture that was close enough and put it in there. Send them an email if you're really interested, you may be able to get a proper ID of the bike for sale. If it is for sale from the original owner, they would probably be elderly which would explain the lack of digital pictures.
Thanks, I agree it is very likely that somebody is actually selling a Super Sport. And as you predicted the seller is probably older, as the ad states that he purchased it new. If I hadn't just bought a Super Sport a couple weeks ago I might be interested in pursuing this one (though it's not a bargain price for a Super Sport around here). If it were a Sports Tourer I would be more inclined to request more info. I thought it might be a Sports Tourer based on the the three piece crank and the chrome fork legs, it hadn't even crossed my mind that it could be a Le Tour in the photo. In fact I would actually kind of like to add a nice early Le Tour to my collection if I could find one at a bargain price.
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1. So would you Schwinn guys keep the rack? It was on the bike since new. I hate it, lol.
2. Also, would you keep the generator and light set? It is in really good condition and works. I hate it too, lol.
3. I want to install new cables but keep the original cable housings, is this okay?

This weekend I'll disassemble the bike, clean everything, and reassemble. The previous owners son wants pictures of the bike after and I'll likely put all the original equipment back on for the pictures. Unfortunately the rear bag is a knock-off.
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